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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager BeerSamuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
United Kingdom (England)

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bitterbill on 02-26-2001

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Photo of SmashPants
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: very solid, embossed 550mL brown bottle. Very old-school label, in a good way. A nice package all told.

Appearance: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Aroma: a vibrant golden yellow in colour with a decent-looking amount of carbonation. A small head pops up and settles to a solid cap. Limited lacing.

Taste: much more controlled and better rounded than your average lager. Gentle sweet biscuit and caramel malts, grass hops and some spices to back up. Quite pleasant.

Aftertaste: heads a little bit down in the aftertaste - a touch of standard cereal grains come through, but still with a touch of those lovely crisp grass hops.

Mouth feel: a clean and crisp light body and moderate-to-high carbonation makes this a very easy-drinking beer.

Overall: generally, I am anti-"organic-movement" products, but with this beer you can really pick up on the clean, crisp and pure flavours. A very nice lager indeed. My only concern is that I still don't think a lager is worth this. Sure it's a damn quality lager, but it is still AU$83 a case of 12 x 550mL (2013). Ouch.

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Photo of RichieS2
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 550 ml bottle into Imperial Pint craft glass.

A - Beer pour a golden yellow and has a barely noticeable haze. Decent carbonation and frothy white head.

S - At first whiff is malty, promising a sweeter brew and gratefully no skunk.

T - At first it regretfully seems like a very light beer then the sweetness hits and satisfies the mouth. The sweetness then turns over to some spiciness just shy of being bitter. Interesting if you ask me.

M - Light but not overly watery.

O - A superior pale beer, has the strengths of the style without being beer-flavored water. Overall I recommend.

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Photo of Curtis
3.2/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This poured a very crystal clear pale gold -promising. White feathery head that disappeared in seconds - 1st warning.. Aroma was mild, not very hoppy at all -2nd warning. Mouthfeel was mild, not flat, not overly carbonated.. just average. And that pretty much explains this beer -average in every sense of the word. The hops were almost non-existant. Tasted like a watered down Miller High Life without the hops and malt. As if the MHL is malty in any way. Considering the price I paid for this experiment (4 or 5$ for the bottle maybe? I forget, kind of like how this beer is forgetable), i'd take the Miller hands down every time. It's not that this Sam Smith brew is bad in any way -there is nothing obviously "wrong" with it. It just doesn't stand out at all or do anything "right". The malt is light as expected, the aroma is milder than expected, carbonation was right on -not high or low. More hops would give this some decent flavor -something it is lacking. It is drinkable but the question is.... why would I ?

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Photo of silverking
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a very light clear gold with a white head that dissapates quickly. Lacing is nice once the head dies down a bit. Very grainy on the nose with a touch of hops and citrus. The taste shows a lot of grain up front, but then fades into a malty mildly bitter finish. The carbonation is ferocious, but it gives the lighter mouthfeel some character. I love that is is organic,but I just wish that there was some more body behind it.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

550 ml (1 pint 2.7 fl oz.) bottle, no bottled on date present, poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass. My bottle is slightly different than the one pictured and says only Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer. My expectations are slightly above average, because I've come to really enjoy all the beers I've tried from this brewery so far.

A - Pours a clear yellow urine looking color which is typical of a lager. No real head to speak of on the first pour, got a nice sizzling two finger white head on the second pour.

S - Straight up organic malt smell. Doesn't smell like much, but definitely smells a hell of a lot more genuine than any terrible American adjunct lagers.

T - Smooth, very clean, malty, earthy, yet with a very defined and distinct fruity hop crispness. Very genuine, natural malt / hop profile makes this beer a pleasure to sip on. Probably the best lager I have tasted yet.

M - Smooth, clean, and crisp. Nice level of carbonation. Very well balanced. A delightful beer all around.

Overall, I remain impressed with the beers Samuel Smith's is putting out, and this is definitely a lager I would happily drink again, although I am not a big fan of the style.

Samuel Smith's Organic Lager Beer ---4/5.

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Photo of diamondc
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Huge head and lots of lacing. Very pale yellow tint.

S: Fresh bread and lemon.

T: Very lemon-y, very hoppy on the aftertaste. Earthy, dirt-like. Balanced out with sweet malt flavors.. honey, red apple skin.

M: Very quaffable, dry and herbal-y on the finish.

O: A real good Euro Pale Lager / Pilsener.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a large thick white head. The head has great retention, fading slowly over time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell- The smell is of a bready and grainy aroma mixed with a grassy hop smell mixed within. With these aromas are some lighter citrus and caramel aromas as well. Overall it has a rather crisp smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy flavor upfront which creates a base flavor for the entire taste. Upfront there is a very light caramel flavor as well as a citrus taste that are mixed with the grain. The bitter citrus keeps strong as the taste advances with some flavors of a grassy hop note coming to the tongue as well. In the end a crisp and clean lightly hopped malt taste is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - The body of the beer is light with a carbonation just above average. Very appropriate for the style as it enhances the crisp and simple flavors of the brew as well as creates a very easy drinking brew.

Overall – While the bitter is possibly slightly a little too intense for a lager, the flavor transitions, look, smell and feel are all quite nice. Not bad.

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Photo of harrymel
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: unk

Pours a light straw color with a solid sheet of white foam. Brilliant clarity. Standard grainy, slightly fruity nose with a hint of corn. Flavor is clean and subtle with straw, a bit of soil and some lemon. Light bodied with soft carb and an off dry finish. Nice beer.

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Photo of DarkBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sam Smith Organic Lager has a nice crisp gold color, and looks refreshing in a pint glass. It has a classic lager smell, similar to that of Yuengling, and a classic lager taste, but with heavier malt flavors and stronger hops. There is an acidic and slightly bitter aftertaste. The flavors are good, the beer gives me a euphoric and energetic buzz, and it tastes and feels very pure. It tastes like a beer that I'd drink in a fairly decent dive bar, however, this obviously would not be available at most dive bars. There is a classic dive bar feel to it, but with pure ingredients.

The water used in the brewing process is not tap water, it is drawn from a well over 250 years old in the UK. So, the water in this beer is purer than tap water. This helps the beer maintain an organic consistency with each ingredient.

The con I see with this beer is the acidic aftertaste. It takes some getting used to. But, overall, it is a good beer.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Also goes by the name of Samuel Smith Organic Lager. As a large consumer of organic foods, this beer caught my interest, never seen a USDA approved beer before.
Served in pilsner glass.

A: pours a golden straw color, with a short and quickly dissipating head with a white ring around the glass remnant with not much lacing.

S: Smells hoppy, malty, can smell grains too

T: Is very sweet, can barely pick up on the hops, malty flavor, pretty mellow on flavors

M: Pretty carbonated, as expected, very light and airy, crisp

O: Its a pretty decent beer, don't drink pale lagers too often, I understand why some may be disappointed from a beer like this coming from Samuel Smith (their Oatmeal Stout and Nut Brown Ale are impeccable), Its a decent beer, not amazing like some would expect from Samuel Smith but its alright, little lacking on flavor in my opinion but wouldn't hurt for anyone to try. Props for being organic too.

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Photo of ckollias
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a light golden hue with a thick, frothy, white head that slowly dissipates leaving a nice trail down the glass and ending in a solid lace.

S: Grainy malt aroma slight hops– not much of a nose here.

T: Crisp fresh brew – malty character with a hoppy background.

M: Thin body and medium carbonation.

O: Not a huge fan of this beer – it’s cool it is organic but. First beer by Samuel Smith that disappointed me.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.23/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very clear and light pale gold, looks like sparkling apple juice. One finger of frothy white head which fades rather quickly but leaves behind some spotty lacing.

S - Mild. Green apple, hay and lemon. Clean but faint.

T - Some citrus, light rice and apple skin. Malted barley provides the backing. Nice enough and perfectly sessionable but fairly bland.

M - Moderately carbonated, light body, nice for the style. Slightly acidic.

O - Yeah, they don't make any crap beers at Sam Smith's but this one is pretty forgettable.

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Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that slowly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied, a bit crisp and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and definitely tastes organic with all-malt flavors.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

18.7 oz. bottle. Samuel Smith's Organic Lager has a thick, creamy, white head and a slightly hazy, extremely bubbly, straw appearance, leaving lots of thick lacing behind. The aroma is sweet barley malt, biscuit, and just a touch of stinging hops. Taste is wonderful- sweet barley malt, sugar, water, and good hop balance. Mouthfeel is light, and Samuel Smith's Organic Lager finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, ultra drinkable, and mostly dry. Overall, this is a most excellent beer!


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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear honey color with a 1/2 inch foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some grassy and hay aromas. Taste is much the same along with a slight fruity flavor. There is a mild herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good and easy drinking beer that is pretty refreshing.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a beer mug.

A: Pours a medium straw color with perfect clarity and intense looking carbonation. The head is a two finger white color with surprisingly decent retention.

S: Very grassy and zesty, almost to the point of having a slight 'skunk' to it (it's not a bad skunk, though). There are also slight hints of fruitiness in the scent. Solid enough.

T: The grassiness moves down to the taste buds, augmented by a light malt backbone and a hint of fruitiness. It's almost like bizarro Heineken in a manner, refreshing and easy to drink without being offensively skunky.

M: Has a nice thickness, especially for a lager, without being overly bloated. It isn't overly carbonated, allowing it to go down in an incredibly easy manner.

O: Quite a good thirst quencher, but a little expensive for what it is. At least it offers enough over the Heinekens of the world to make it worth it.

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Photo of jsisko01
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a clear golden color with almost no head. Very thin and frothy. Has thin lacing.

Smell - Sweet with bready and pale malts, along with corn and grains.

Taste - Pale malts, very sweet, corny, grains, grassy, and bready.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall - This is a very good lager. It's interesting to try an organic beer. It's very refreshing and would be great on a summer day.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear bright golden body.

S: full on the nose for the style with nice almost noble hop note and musty pale malts.

T: again full for flavored for the genre with grain, pale malts, slight hop bitterness and noble hop like note.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: a full flavored and aromaed beer for the genre which almost diverts from the genre.

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Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a glass mug. Pours clear straw yellow with a large white head and lots of tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The head dissipates slowly. There isn't much in the way of lacing left on the side of the glass. The beer has that nice, crisp clean lager smell. There are pale malts with some hops in the aroma. There are flavors of cracker and some hops. It's mildly bready. The body is light with abundant carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is high. Overall, this is a very good refreshing beer. If you're looking for a different Euro lager, you can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of cbutova
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Always kind of forget about this brewery because it is always kept cold at my local store. Founds some 12oz bottles I never noticed.

A- Pint glass receives a very pale light straw yellow lager. A one-finger white head forms and had decent retention. Foamy ring and some cloudy patches remain atop the beer. Lace is not happening besides a few tiny spots.

S- Pretty much standard pale Euro lager here. Some yeast bread, buttery, light cracker malt sweets and Euro hops.

T- Light but flavorful. Opens up with light fruit and cracker caramel malt. A yeast bread note rounds it out along with hints of hops (herbal, floral, spicy grassy Euro), a buttery quality, nutty malt and apple/white grape for the fruit character.

MF- Creamy light-end body with moderately high carbonation providing only a bit of a singe to the palate. Slight bittersweet finish.

A solid light lager, not something I have said a ton up until now. The aroma had me a bit worried but this one is flavorful and balanced.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy gold. Head is 2 fingers, retention fair, but lacing minimal.

S: Floral to citrus hops, with bready malt aromas.

T: Not very complex. Slightly grassy, grainy malt; no sweetness up front. Tangy to mildly bitter hops, a little orange peel flavor. Unlike most beers, the sweetness kicked in late, along with the mildly bitter hops, which lingered fairly well. There was just a hint of fatty acid in the finish.

M: Decently crisp, with good carbonation.

O: Lagers aren't my favorite, but this one's clearly above average. I'm not sure that the organic ingredients add anything but marketing flair, but they don't hurt either. All in all, a very refreshing and drinkable option, and better than most American lagers (especially those from the macro-brewers).

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Photo of alankwak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden clear with decent head retention and lacing.

S: Light hoppy aroma.

T: Wonderful rye, grainy backbone of high quality malt barley. Just medium hop bitterness but good balance. A very smooth and clean tasting lager.

M: Full quality mouthfeel from the wonderful quality barley.

O: Quite a good lager. Ingredients must be the key as well as a great yeast and brewing process.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden/straw color from a 550 mL bottle. There is a freshness code on the neck of the bottle, but couldn't see the ABV anywhere.
Massive foamy, frothy head that dissipates very slowly. Crystal clear beer with tons of carbonation. Visually arresting with lots of lace on the insides of the glass as the head dissipates.
Aroma is malt dominant; lots of grain notes, with hints of bread, yeast and some notes of floral hops.
Taste is crisp and clean with the malt presence being dominant right from the front to the back.
Easy drinking and has all the makings of a perfect session beer.
A winner from Samuel Smith, a brewery that has not disappointed me so far.
Definitely recommended and comes highly recommended.
Perfect beer for a hot summer day and pairs well with almost all types of food.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A normal pour leaves a finger of very active white head that is all but gone in a couple of minutes. Body is a clear pale straw color. No lacing.

Wheat and earthy/gardeny tones are first noted aromas. Wheat takes on more body and becomes a bread smell as it warms. Very clean and simple.

Flavor is dominantly bready malt. A faint citrus zest and light floral notes are also apparent. Again, clean and simple.

I do not mean to insult this beer in any way, but this is the perfect lawnmower beer. It's light bodied, only faintly coats the tongue, and well carbonated. Washes down really nice and easy, would be a great refresher on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light, clear and sparkling. Nice white head that sticks to the glass. Smells clean with notes of citrus, Wheat, and floral notes. Taste is fresh and clean, sweet malts and a slight lime-like taste. Finishes a bit dry with notes of grains on the back end.

Overall, this os a very good lager. Clean taste and well balanced.

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Samuel Smith's Organically Produced Lager Beer from Samuel Smith Old Brewery (Tadcaster)
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